Adam Zagoria: Former Syracuse forward C.J. Fair will wind down his workout schedule with an appearance at the Nets practice facility on Wednesday.
The Nets don’t currently own a pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft but they, like the Knicks, hope to acquire one.
“I know that they’re looking for some young guys that are going to bring energy to the team, and I think I can fit in very well with them,” the 6-foot-8 Fair told SNY.tv by phone, regarding the Nets. “I’m very confident that my game’s versatile, and I wouldn’t have any problems fitting in with the team. I think my game translates to any style of play.”
Fair will work out alongside Xavier point guard Semaj Christon, San Diego State guard Xavier Thames, North Carolina forward James McAdoo, LSU center/forward Johnny O’Bryant and St. Joe’s forward Ronald Roberts, who starred at nearby St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.
“I’m just a player that’s going to compete hard on both ends of the court, that’s going to be able to knock down an open shot and create his own shot for himself and others,” said Fair, who averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds last season with the Orange. “That’s a great offensive rebounder and defensive rebounder and that’s going to be consistent. You know exactly what you’re going to get out of him every time.”
DraftExpress.com does not project that Fair will get drafted, but one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv that he believes Fair could go somewhere in the 40s or later.
“He’s a second-round pick who will probably be in the D-League to start his NBA career,” the scout said. “He is a career backup. Probably gets drafted early to mid-40s.”
There have been questions about what his natural position is, but Fair says, “My best position’s small forward. I’ve heard people say I’m a tweener. I don’t believe I’m a tweener at all. I believe I can play the stretch four if you need me to. I think I’m more comfortable on the perimeter where I can operate.”
Following Monday’s workout with Oklahoma City, Fair has had 14 workouts heading into Detroit Tuesday and the Nets on Wednesday.
He said he plans to be somewhere in the Big Apple on Thursday.
“I’m going to be in New York City, because I’ll be with the Nets [the day before],” he said. “But I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be [during the draft].”